April 26th Workshop with Prof. John Condon.

    Special One Day Workshop in Intercultural Communication

by Prof. John Condon

sponsored by Kansai SIETAR

(Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research)  

TIME:   Sunday April 26, 2009   10am-5:30pm

FEE:    SIETAR members: 5000 yen (member students 2500)   

         Non-members:  7000 yen (non-member students 3500)

Note: Pre-registration is necessary for this workshop, as the number of participants is limited. To register, or for more information, please email condonws@yahoo.co.jp. Deadline for registration is April 16. 

The Legacy of Edward Hall

      On the Silver Anniversary of E.T. Hall’s The Silent Language, the book that launched the field of Intercultural Communication, John Condon will present a one day workshop inspired by Hall’s legacy – his philosophy and ways of knowing, his enduring influence and his simple gifts which are yet to be appreciated. Hall’s insights drew from a range of fields from architecture to zoology, and influenced many, since he wrote for ordinary people. This workshop will review Hall’s life and influences, including Japanese perspectives. It will also include a primer on Hall’s philosophy on paying attention, appreciating the body as our most important instrument of knowing, and respectful distrust of what we were told and think we know. Other themes will include observation, listening, discovery; models and metaphors; ‘content’ is process; coordinates of time and space; cultural shaping of learning and teaching; technology and intercultural communication; and how to see culture and talk about it simply. 

About the presenter:

      Prof. Condon taught at ICU during the 1970s and in the 1990s, and has been a lifelong friend, neighbor, and former colleague (at Northwestern Univ.) of anthropologist Hall.  Condon has received numerous awards for his teaching and his many publications (which have appeared in seven languages), including the first authored textbook in the field — written while at ICU.  His forthcoming book, also influenced by his years in Japan, is The Goose in the Bottle:  Things Which Seem to Exist but Don’t and Things which Don’t Seem to Exist But Do, the subtitle taken from an Edo-era metate-zumo. 

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